I Spy: Mastodon State Historic Site

Behold, the mighty mastodon

Behold, the mighty mastodon

Awwww, its so adorable!

Awwww, its so adorable!

Apparently mastodons used to roam freely in the land of Spy Garden. I didn’t even know what a mastodon was! It is like a wooly mammoth, but a bit smaller and with a less lumpy head.

Mastodon Skull

Mastodon Skull

And…

WHAT IS THAT?

WHAT IS THAT?

That, friends, is a giant ground sloth: a Jefferson’s Ground Sloth.

The Spy and his friend checking out an exhibit about Heinze Cave

The Spy and his friend checking out an exhibit about Heinze Cave

This pretty house was closed for improvements, but features more interactive exhibits.

This pretty house was closed for improvements, but features more interactive exhibits.

After checking out the museum and watching a short video that taught us all about the history of the site, we hit the…

Trail!

Trail!

The “Bone Bed” sounds more exciting than it was; there are no public excavations at this time (so basically it was “the woods” haha) but still a very…

nice walk!

nice walk!

The Kimmswick Bone Bed

About The Kimmswick Bone Bed

“Mastodon State Historic Site contains an important archaeological and paleontological site – the Kimmswick Bone Bed, where scientists discovered the first solid evidence of the coexistence of humans and the American mastodon in eastern North America.” (source)

Baby and Smoochie

Baby and Smoochie

This acorn matches my hat.

This acorn matches my hat.

Seed pod? Or mastodon tusks? haha

Seed pods? Or mastodon tusks? haha

The Spy in his element, taking a moment

The Spy in his element, taking a moment

Check out those rock faces

Check out those rock faces

Click here to visit the park’s website and learn more about this cool place!

One thought on “I Spy: Mastodon State Historic Site

  1. narf77

    An all out awesome visit methinks. Everyone seems to have come out of it with a new appreciation for nature (and the size of mammoths!) One day Dexie is going to drag something humungous into the house ;)

    Reply

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